Jillian Keenan

Positive Pot

Positive Pot a web-app to combat Imposter Syndrome.


Positive Pot is a React powered Web-App the repo for which can be found here. The next iteration of this MVP will include writing a Go Backend service and using GraphQL to power the middle layer.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

The persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills.

Some of the ways to overcome Imposter Syndrome include.

  • Recognise it exists.
  • Don’t attribute your successes to luck.
  • Recognise that the perfect performer doesn’t exist, and problems will pop up eventually. Take them as little fires under you that make you move forward.
  • Keep a journal. Writing your successes and failures down gives you a retrospective insight about them, and re-reading them makes you remember equally both of them.

The idea of journaling your successes was where Positive Pot stemmed from.

Some of the early concept notes :

  • Happiness Jars - write down a happy time or memory and store them away to review on days you are feeling not so happy.
  • Spotify Wrapped - interactive way to ingest data about a year on your Spotify.
  • Wakatime - I already used this plugin to track my metrics on hours spent programming works in the background and is unobtrusive to the user.

The Idea:

  • We use the services listed in the image below to collect the following data around a signed-in user.
  • The user will store "Thoughts" and data will be collected from the third-party services.
  • When the user is experiencing imposter syndrome they can break open the Jar to see the goals they've accomplished over the year/months.

Third Party Endpoint Services

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